Re: Up to date statements of account?

From: MJ Ray <mjr(at)phonecoop(dot)coop>
To: spi-general(at)lists(dot)spi-inc(dot)org, ajs(at)crankycanuck(dot)ca
Subject: Re: Up to date statements of account?
Date: 2008-09-25 14:35:10
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Andrew Sullivan <ajs(at)crankycanuck(dot)ca> wrote: [...]
> 1. When can we anticipate that the current account statements will be
> up to date?

A proper treasurer report should be posted to -private by next
Wednesday, according to the last meeting.

> 2. When can we anticipate that procedures (or paid staff, or both)
> will be in place to ensure that the accounts will be kept up to date?

I'm not aware of the board having promised to do this at all yet.
AFAICT, Bdale Garbee is the only current board member who made
anything like a promise to do that: "Financial transaction processing
and other basic processes aren't glamorous, but if we can't get them
right, there's little point in trying to do anything else."

Remember that SPI contributors did not elect candidates like Ian
Jackson and myself who made promises about SPI's basic business
performance, so it's fairly understandable if the board have put a low
priority on this. If it matters to PostgreSQL project members,
encourage them to join and vote!

Anyway, perhaps the PostgreSQL rep (xzilla) could ask at a board meeting?

> In my opinion, keeping the accounts up to date is the _sine qua non_
> of SPI.

English for _sine qua non_ is "without which not" which doesn't make
sense there but I guess this means it's a vital activity. If so, I
agree. The Treasurer has been promising reports since June, but not
fulfilling that promise: please will the board ask for member help?

Some SPI members have experience as treasurers in other organisations
(and whatever the flaws in those, none of mine went overdrawn yet) and
while we don't know the specifics of US NPO law, I'd be amazed if
there isn't some way to harness us.

> I believe it is the Board's job to do something about this: the Board
> members are responsible for the operation of the corporation. So I
> would like the Board to commit to a date, and provide a plan by which
> it will be achieved.

I hope the board will react, but I suspect we'll be told we need 21
members or a board member or rep to make the request. So far we are
two... who else wants to ask for a date and plan? Sign here...

MJ Ray (slef)
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